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II.    RESPONSE TO 6EPA 417(a)
A*    Goals and Objectives

For Fiscal Year 1984, the Department's principal objectives were to encour-
age States to:

o     Update, develop, and implement curricula useful to both males and fe-
males at all  educational  levels; and

o     Design and make accessible programs to meet the needs of disadvantaged
and minority populations.

B.    Progress and Accomplishments

o     Program staff report that most States and territories developed and
implemented new curricula to teach  both  males   and   females the  basics
of math,   science,   and   reading   in   consumer   and   homemaking   education
programs.

o     According to program staff, in 1984, all States offered programs in
convenient locations   to  meet   the   unique   needs   of   disadvantaged   and
minority populations.    Some school  districts used mobile units.

C.    Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

Students Served: Based on 1981-82 VEDS data, 3.1 million students were
enrolled, with 80.2 percent in secondary programs and 19.8 percent in
postsecondary/adult (E.I).

Program Scope: Based on 1981-82 VEDS data, 18.2 percent of persons enrolled
in vocational education were in consumer and homemaking education. FY
1984 State grants ranged from $3,787,029 in California to $76,831 in Alaska
(E.2).

Services to Economically Depressed Areas: The law mandates that at least
one-third of federal funds for consumer and homemaking education be used
in economically needy areas. In 1982, 59 percent were so spent (E.3).

Impact of Programs and Services on Participants: The NIE study (E.4) con-
cluded that relatively little rigorous research had been conducted on the
effects of consumer and homemaking education on learners in terms of changes
in knowledge, attitudes, or behavior. Some evidence from the program office
indicates that most former students perceive that what they learned in
consumer and homemaking education programs was useful in homemaking and
employment (E.5).

D.    Plans for Program Improvement and Recommendation for Legislation
None-

EDS) which collects data for this program